Joni L. Jones/Omi Osun Olomo "Sista Docta" and the Jazz Aesthetic.
Was this play easy or difficult to read? Why?
How is the form of this play different from other plays we've read in class?
Why does jones choose to dance throughout the entire performance?
To parallel/stand with the text, to keep the audience engaged, to use historically
african roots/awknowledge her heritage and those before her.
What does one risk by putting one's own life (family, job, friendships, ideologies)
Why does she do it?
It's freeing, almost cathartic, to help you process those bad things that
What role does the participation play in the performance? why does she choose this
She chooses audience members to read cards, etc.
What does reading this play clarify about autobiographical performance?
About the Playwright
Actress, director, playwright, dramaturge, writer
Professor in performance as public practice program at UT
Director of the center for african and african american studies (caas) on campus
PhD New York University
Dr. Joni Jones/ Omi Osun Olomo
FUlbright Scholar 1997-98
Taught at Obafemi Awolowo U in Ife-Ife, Nigeria
Studies the ritual and spirtiual performance of the Yoruba tribe
Adopted the spiritual name "Omi Usun Olomo"; goes by both
Current work is focused on what is now called the Jazz Aesthetic
"Sista Docta" Perfomance Techniques
Everyday Life Performance (ELP)
Performance technique often used as part of the performance
Includes three steps:
Create detailed transcript of an audio recording (include breaths,
pauses, stutters, pace, tone, pitch, timbre)
Memorize the transcript, including breath, itch, rhythm, emphasis,
Replicate the audio in performance.